The holiday season is a time for giving. This holiday season, Rittgers & Rittgers is giving $10,000 to a program that helps feed students in Warren County public schools through the Lebanon Warrior Backpack Program.
Let’s face it, the college scene is fraught with temptations to either violate the law, or to be in close proximity with those who do (the classic, “wrong place, wrong time” scenario). Many of these temptations—underage drinking for example—will attract the attention of law enforcement officers (remember: underage drinking in Ohio carries with it a maximum possible sentence of 180 days in jail!). While college students have temptations, they also have constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. However, the college student’s rights tend to follow the maxim of “if you don’t use them, you lose them,” meaning that if you do not know how to lawfully exercise your rights, you will probably waive them.
Most people, here in America and across the globe, are familiar with a legal principle known as “the presumption of innocence.” This concept is more commonly referred to in pop culture and everyday conversation as “innocent until proven guilty.”
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision regarding sentence reduction for defendants who entered plea agreements. The case, Freeman v. U.S., was about what to do with defendants already serving time when sentencing guidelines were later reduced. The Court decided that people who entered plea agreements could be eligible for reduced sentences when the guidelines are later changed. Questions remained, however, about which defendants would have access to sentence reduction.